I ordered the March 2011 issue because many of you recommended Burda pants for their great fit; while I ordered the issue solely for pants pattern 03-2011-116, I'd like to sew no less than 10 patterns in that issue.
This was the "wedding" issue, but that section's patterns could be made in casual fabrics for workaday wear. These 2 jacket patterns render me weak in the knees:
Will skirt patterns fit as well as Burda's pants? I'd like to try out this simple skirt with a waist band and pleats:
Despite all the lovely Lady Greys out there, I never thought I'd sew an outerwear coat. Never. But my winter overcoat was on its last legs this past winter, and I couldn't find a coat that I liked (I even brought home a JCrew coat but ultimately returned it because I just didn't do it for me). Burda 03-2011-123, though, is exactly what I want:
I've become so obsessed that I picked up a Spanish version of Burda April 2011 (Burda is sold at sidewalk newstands in Spain, and was only about $5). Hey, if the instructions are that pointless, does the language even matter? Really, I could use Google translator if I need them.
I want this entire outfit from the April issue:
Pants 04-2011-120 & Jacket 04-2011-102
So this week I took 2 aspirin and traced the above 2 pants patterns. It really wasn't that bad. I'm actually glad I picked up Burda after the patterns were compressed; it would have been hard to go from the easier format to this rather confusing and chaotic one. It required a bit of "Where's Waldo?" concentration to identify the various pattern pieces, but the tracing only took about half an hour and I got the hang of finding the pieces rather quickly.
I picked up this nifty Olfa Rotary Cutter Arm Guide which I can use to add the seam allowances while I cut.
This product was recommended in the comments - thanks so much for that - and will make adding the seam allowances fast and easy. I snagged mine on Ebay; it appears that they are available for sale here (scroll to the bottom).
I'm hoping my praise of Burda isn't misplaced; perhaps I should reserve judgment until I've used the instructions and sewn the patterns? I'm going to start a pants muslin after I finish a few projects ahead in line, and if they work out, I foresee a many other Burda muslins in the future (hello, winter jacket!).
Why do you sew (or not sew) with Burda? Are you a devotee? Or do you not want the extra bother? Or are you a beginner like me who was (and still is) rather frightened of the magazine?
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We arrived home from Spain last week; we had such a great time. The atmosphere was amazing: the parks in Madrid were full of color, the orange trees were blooming in Cordoba - simply perfuming the air with the fragrance of orange blossoms - and in Seville, the trees lining the streets were already replete with oranges. Spring was a magical time to go to Spain.
Wow, did I pack poorly. The weather was forecasted to be sunny and in the low 80's: we thought that meant the temperature would touch the high for an hour or so, like it does here in the US's spring, but have a chill much of the day. So wrong! It was gloriously sunny and hot (and even got close to 90 in Seville) all day, every day, for the entire trip, without a drop of rain or a pouf of clouds.
I brought a long a few of my self-stitched items. I won't bore you with a ton of pictures (my husband took over 400), but here's B5486 in the Parque de María Luisa in Seville on Palm Sunday:
Remember the vintage pattern cotton ikat shift that is still awaiting trim detail? It was on top of my sewing pile, and I randomly threw it into my suitcase at the last minute because it was so lightweight. I'm so glad that I did, because it's probably the item I wore most on the trip. Here it is at the Mezquita in Cordoba:
The columns were begun in 786AD!
And me looking rather elated (and hot) after walking to the bottom of Ronda's gorge, in the White Hill Towns, to get a great view of its famous bridge:
I will admit, even with so much fun sewing to be done, it was difficult to return to real life.